Oct 20 2013
Azzaman, October 20, 2013
The surge in violence in Iraq has taken a new turn in which a chain of suicide bombers attack simultaneously or consecutively, causing maximum damage.
These multiple suicide bombings have so far killed more than 450 people this month and injured thousands more.
In one small town west of Baghdad eight suicide bombers struck with a few minutes between them.
The town of Rawa, 110 kilometers to the west of Baghdad, was turned into a war zone, with several government buildings knocked down and scores of casualties.
Attacks by multiple suicide bombings have surged since last April when al-Qaeda branches in both Syria and Iraq started coordinating their plans.
In one instance, scores of suicide bombers, some of them driving cars laden with explosives, hit Baghdad and other towns in its suburbs, killing more than 150 people and injuring thousands in one single day.
Suicide bombers are mushrooming and the government seems to have run out of ideas on how to confront them.
They have instilled fear even in the country’s security organs, which are supposed to safeguard civilians against their horrors.
Waging multiple attacks at the same time has made the job of rescuers, ambulance staff and police much harder. A suicide bombing is no longer a single isolated incident.
If a suicide bomber attacks people fear approaching the scene as another bomber usually lurks behind waiting for security police and ambulance personnel to gather to mount yet another attack.
More than 5000 people have been killed most of them as a result of multiple bombers attacking when people gather on the scene of the first attack to rescue the injured and attend to those who have been killed.
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